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14th December 2022

Welcome to the last edition of the Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action E-Bulletin for 2022... 

Micro Commissioning Opportunities in Mid Mersey

The Life Rooms pilot is delivered across community sites in Halton, Warrington, St Helens, and Knowsley. The pilot has a recovery and preventative focus, receiving referrals from the following key clinical teams: Early Intervention, Recovery and Crisis Resolution Home Treatment teams to provide both a social prescribing and learning offer, with the aim to provide preventative and easy-access support to Mersey Care service users. There are 3 x 12 month grants up to £20k available to work with partners to create a curriculum of activity and learning. Closing date for Expressions of Interest is 19th December 2022..

Warning & Informing Questionnaire

As part of the Merseyside Resilience Forum Funding Pilot Warning & Informing workstream and to improve and enhance engagement with the public and communities within Merseyside, the University of Liverpool have been commissioned to undertake a Customer Insight Survey on behalf of the MRF.  Please see the attached Advertising Poster. The purpose of this study is to understand public perceptions of emergency preparedness and how they would like to be informed of potential risks in their local community. Findings of this research will be fed back to Merseyside Resilience Forum to inform their approach to warning and informing the public...

Have You Noticed Changes In Your Child’s Behaviour?

Everyone can often feel sad, angry or worried at times. But if these changes are lasting a long time or are greatly affecting your child, it might be time to seek some guidance. Halton Health Improvement Team have put together a guide with lots of information and links to support agencies...

Survey Around Cost Of Living - Healthwatch St Helens

Healthwatch St Helens would like to hear about your experiences during the cost of living crisis and how it has impacted your health & wellbeing...

Our Halton Funding - Fourth Round

The next round of Our Halton funding is now open.  For those of you not sighted on this previously – this is the small grants pot that Halton Council has put in place to support the integration of asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants living in Halton...

Pathways to Teaching Programme

Have you ever thought about sharing your skills, knowledge, or expertise? Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher in the adult education sector? The Level 3 Pathways to Teaching programme may just be your first step towards such a career. This exciting new programme offers you an introduction to teaching and provides you with valuable teaching experience. Successful completion of the programme leads to a Level 3 Award in Education and Training which is an introductory teaching qualification. It also leads to awards in Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity and British Values (all knowledge needed by teachers in training). This new programme has been carefully designed for people like you who want to get into teaching in the adult education sector but aren’t sure what a suitable first step might be...

Bereavement Support for Christmas & New Year

Details of Bereavement Support available over the Christmas and New Year period from St Rocco’s Bereavement Café, Amparo - Support Following Suicide, Child Bereavement UK and Greenacres - Bereavement Café...

St Helens Long COVID Service

Do you have any ongoing symptoms which you think may be related to COVID-19? Many people make a full recovery after a coronavirus infection. However, for some, the illness can last longer and is referred to as ‘Long COVID’. You can experience Long COVID even after a mild or symptom free coronavirus illness. Your GP will refer you into the Long COVID Service once all other causes for your symptoms have been ruled out, and they have diagnosed Long COVID...

Community Cashback Fund - Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner

The Community Cashback fund was launched on the 5th December.  The Cashback fund looks to reinvest money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, back into the communities where crime happens. As a result, the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner has set aside £10,000 for each of the local policing areas. The fund will close on the 27th January 2023...

Cycle of Life - Free Sessions Of Cycling Training

Update from Cycle of Life with information regarding an Active Travel project that they are running in collaboration with the Liverpool City Region.  They would love our community to be a part of this project. The Liverpool City Region has fully funded this project which means they are completely FREE, the sessions consist of cycling training that is incorporated into rides for those that know how to ride or done from beginner level for those that don’t yet know how to ride. There are a few options for rides which can be seen in the flyer attached. These are done to a national standard from trained instructors, and you will be receiving confidence boosting knowledge and experience. (Bikes, helmets, and adaptations can be provided if needed). Anyone can of course be a part of this project, as they’re not exclusive, both staff members and community or group members are free to take part...

Christmas Remembrance Service - Greenacres Rainford (Thursday 15 December • 6-7PM)

Whilst this can be a magical time of year for many people if you have lost a loved one you might not be feeling so festive. Whether this is your first Christmas without this special person, or the time of year that makes memories that little bit harder, Greenacres Christmas Remembrance Service can be a lovely way to spend time reflecting. To book a place to ensure entry they are suggesting a donation of £5 per ticket on the day towards their fundraising for local bereavement support organisations. They will also be hosting refreshments afterwards...

Children and Young People Alternate Futures Workshop - 19th January 2023

Alternate Futures Workshop - Improving outcomes for children with behavioural challenges and their families in Halton. Thursday 19th January 2022, 10.00am - 1.00pm, Heath Business Park,Runcorn. This interactive workshop offers an opportunity to share dreams for a better future for children and families in Halton.Also includes a talk from Prof Toby Lowe, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Public Impact Europe about systems change using a Human Learning Systems approach. Lunch provided...

Family Learning Awards - Now Open

The Family Learning Awards from Campaign for Learning celebrate creative, innovative and inclusive learning. This year there are four categories in which you can enter your family learning activity, event or initiative. Applications are open to any UK organisation working with families, this includes , 3rd sector organisations, libraries, museums, community education, schools and tech companies. The awards are free to enter and close on 30 January 2023....

Cost of Living Support - Halton

Many of us are concerned with the rising cost of living. To help, Halton Council have pulled together information on local support and advice around food, heating and energy, crisis/emergency help, money worries and mental health...

Volunteer Recruitment Fair January 2023

The fair will be a market place style event, for the most part, however, we would like to make the event as exciting and interactive as possible, so please feel free to be creative when considering how you might engage with the public. We would like to request that your stand remains for the whole time so that the last visitor has as good an experience as the first one. If you are coming by car there is free parking available and you will need to give your car registration details to the college on arrival.  You will be able to gain access from 10.30am and we ask that you arrive no later than 10.45am, so that everything is in place in good time for the first visitors. Just to confirm, the event will take place on Wednesday 18th January 2023, 11am - 2pm at St Helens College Town Centre Campus...

Christmas Message From Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA

We would like to thank all our volunteers, member organisations and partners for all their outstanding hard work, in what has been another extremely difficult year for everyone.  It has been very much appreciated.

Our offices will close Friday 23rd December and re-open Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

If you or anyone you support, needs any help over the Christmas and New Year Period, please see our news page for links to local support agencies and council help.

We hope that everyone has a very peaceful and safe Christmas. We look forward to working with you 2023.




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